Have You Ever Wept Over the Crucifixion?

by Fr. Robert Wild

The far reaches of reality are beyond our apprehension and comprehension. Whether we try to look out into the infinity of space or into the small world under the microscope, our senses and understanding can only reach so far. It’s the same with the truths of our faith.

One night, St. Francis of Assisi was praying on Mount Alvernia. God gave him, as far as is humanly possible, a realization of the truth that God died for us.

Jesus appeared with shining wounds, and the communication of love between Jesus and Francis was so great that these glorious wounds were imprinted upon Francis’ body.

Yes, a few people, like Francis, have been privileged to realize to a degree beyond human powers, the extraordinary truths we all believe in but barely comprehend or realize.

Whether we realize it or not, God did die for us. It is greatly to be desired that sometime before we die, we will be able to weep over the crucifixion of Jesus.

We weep because people hurt us. We weep when our pets die. We weep because of our emotional problems. It would be a tragedy if we died without once weeping over the sufferings of Jesus for us.

The stigmata, levitations, visions—these are extraordinary graces, only for the few. But the grace to weep over the sufferings of Jesus, I believe God would like to give this to every one of us.

Wouldn’t it be beautiful to weep over the sufferings of Jesus for you? Pray for it. Really desire it. I hope some day it happens to you.